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Light Fixture Makeover. From drab to Fab!

Hello everyone and happy Monday! 🙂 it’s a bit later in the day that I’m adding this but I figured I’d just had to get one in because I really try my best to get a DIY Monday Post in every Monday, even if it’s a small one! This actually was an idea that I came up with while sitting down watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine. As you know, I love my rustic decor, but not having Unlimited funds, I try to make the best with what I already have. I saw this rustic life that I loved but it’s a bit out of my price range right now because I do have other priorities to deal with so I figured I’ll just leave it on the back burner. But as I was watching my episode, this “boob” lamp really started to grind my gears! Mind you, there’s one of those boob lamps in every room. It’s one those fixtures that is standard and builder-grade and while it does serve a purpose, it’s not so nice on the eyes at least for me.

Enter my late-night shenanigans!
Hot glue gun
Thick jute cord
Thin jute cord
Chicken wire
Wire cutters
Needle-nose pliers
LED energy efficient Edison bulbs
I had some leftover chicken wire from my kitchen cabinet project, I also had some leftover jute cord from another project, you may remember as the sofa table I just made last week and some leftover thin jute string. At first I was trying to figure out how I could dress up the boob lamp, but it just seemed impossible with the existing fixture. So what did I do? I did what I do best and I improvised and got a little crazy as usual. The results? I absolutely love it!
So the first step I took was to remove the existing light fixture. If you’ve got a lamp like this all you’ve got to do is remove that screw at the bottom of the fixture while holding onto the glass Dome until it comes out completely. You’ll see that there are exposed bulbs, mine were fluorescent but of course, to complete my look I was going to add in my LED vintage Edison bulbs.
Before going for that finish look though, right after I remove the fixture I went ahead and took my leftover chicken wire and measure the diameter around the Dome and used wire cutters to cut it to size. Keep in mind, that when you cut down the chicken wire you want to leave one of the edges with a long peace up so that when you want to connect it to the other end of the chicken wire, you can sort of hook the chicken wire around itself giving it a nice tight fit.

Once you’ve got the diameter measured you can go ahead and make the little hooks with your needle nose pliers and connect the chicken wire from top to bottom so that you have a cylindrical shape. Next, I went ahead and glued the fat jute cord all around the diameter of the top of the cylindrical shade. Be sure that you have a good, solid adhesion so that your shade doesn’t come down while you’re having dinner!

Once your jute cord is secured to the cylindrical shade, you want to go ahead and add some more hot glue all around the top of the jute cord and then press your cylindrical shade firmly to the outer edge of your existing light fixture. Again, hold firmly so that you don’t run the risk of the shade falling. Luckily this is a very light shade and it’s not bulky so you shouldn’t have any trouble with the shade falling down. But just add extra glue all around just in case.

Now that you’ve got the shade up on the fixture, you have the option of taking your skinny jute cord and just kind of wrapping it around the top and bottom of the fixture just to give it a little bit more of a finished look and then added rustic Flair.

All that’s left to do is go ahead and screw in your Edison bulbs and you’ve got yourself and adorable rustic, industrial light fixture from just a few things that you had laying around the house! My plan was to make this a temporary thing until I can get the fixture that I really wanted, but honestly, I’m really loving this one!

If you would have purchased the supplies in store this fixture would cost you no more then $15. Compare that to the $200fixture that I originally wanted and it makes quite the difference especially when you’re trying to cut corners. Happy lighting my friends and have a beautiful week! 😊


Hey everyone, Dina here and welcome to my blog! Here you'll find all sorts of helpful information on everything DIY! I'll share with you my experiences with projects, how to's, the best products to complete projects and so much more. You can even be on the lookout for some product reviews that I've tried. My goal is simple: to share my experiences with you to inspire you to create your own. Please feel free to send feedback or drop a comment and share your very own creations here as well. I love nothing more than to share inspiration and see that creative light shine on. Happy creating everyone! =)

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